In Memory of

John "Jack" Francis Hughes

April 15, 1932 - November 14, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

John “Jack” Francis Hughes, the son of Michael and Mary (McNeill) Hughes was born April 15, 1932, in Omaha, NE. His childhood years were spent in Omaha, where he attended school. He graduated from St. John’s Grade School in 1946, and Omaha Creighton Prep in 1950. He then attended Creighton University where he earned a business accounting degree in 1954. Jack was drafted and served with the Army for two years and was honorable discharge on September 25, 1956.

 Jack was united in marriage to Barbara Neumann on October 17, 1964, at St. Cecelia Cathedral in Omaha. Jack worked for Wilson Foods in cost accounting in Omaha. In 1961, he became plant manager. They moved to Illinois in 1975, where he worked as a supervisor for Wilson Foods. He eventually moved to Cherokee, IA in 1986 and managed Wilson Foods until his retirement in October if 1995.

 Jack enjoyed watching baseball and basketball. He was a member of the Quimby Golf Course and liked bowling. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. Most of all, Jack enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.

 On November 14, 2021, Jack passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Cherokee at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Hughes in 2001; brother, Bernard Davis; brother, Michael Hughes; and sister, Rosemary Kelley.

 He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Mary Hughes of Coon Rapids, IA; son, J. Patrick (Sonja) Hughes of Shakopee, MN; two grandchildren, Anna (Anthony) Underwood, and their son, Chase, and Maxwell Hughes; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Daniel Rupp
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, with the family present during that time. There will be a 7:00 p.m. prayer service followed by a rosary Friday night following the visitation.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 4:20 PM
“John and I had a very special friendship. I loved giving him grief when Nebraska got beat. He was such a special man and I will miss him dearly.”
- Linds Struck
Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 4:20 PM
“I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. He was a great man and a very wise one, too. John was like a second Dad to me. I will forever be grateful for the friendship we shared. ”
- Kim barrett
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 4:40 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss. John and I talked at least 3 times per week. He was a true friend. I will miss those phone calls. John not only loved to watch sports on television but he enjoyed listening to Cherokee sports on the radio.”
- Jeffrey Blum
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 4:40 PM
“We are sorry to hear this news . Our hearts go out to the Hughes family. We pray for comfort for you in this time if grief. With sympathy,
Ed & Patrice Underwood”
- Patrice Underwood
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 4:40 PM
“Rest in Peace John. Many good memories working with you.”
- Bud Perkins
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 4:40 PM
“My Prayers go out to the Entire Family, may god smile upon you during this difficult time and bring you peace.”
- Eric King
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 4:40 PM
“I'm sorry to read that John has passed. I got to know John while visiting my father at the Gardens facility. I really enjoyed our conversations and know that he will be missed.”
- Scott Christensen
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